Youth group Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) has condemned the perceived threat issued by Government Chief Secretary Datuk Seri Ali Hamsa that the civil service would not compromise on any of its staff caught leaking a confidential information.
SAMM founder Badrul Hisham Shaharin while its true that civil servants should not leak information for the security of the country, but he pointed out hat often time the privilege was abused by those in power.
In a statement Apr 14, Badrul said Ali was perceived to make the threat when responding to the suggestion that the government identify the culprit that had leaked the schedule of deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to United Arab Emirates (UAE) beginning Apr 8.
Badrul pointed out that the schedule could be have been revised after the leak and therefore avoided any possible wastage.
He said civil servants should be fearless when revealing possible wrongdoing.
"You are not traitors, rather you are heroes for leaking a wrongdoing," he said admitting the risks civil servants would face for their courageous effort.
Badrul said those who received the information would hold to their word to protect the identity of the whistleblower.
He said in his case, there were threats and efforts to get him to reveal the individual who leak out the information regarding the RM24.4 million ring brought over to the country, but he held fast to the promise to protect whistleblower.